Subject: Re: cleanup xsrc/xfree/xc/config/cf/NetBSD.c
To: None <>
From: Izumi Tsutsui <>
List: tech-x11
Date: 01/27/2005 00:29:55
In article <> wrote:

> I agree, the Xserver shouldn't have to meddle with PCI BARs, at least 
> not to access the framebuffer. On the other hand the drivers I've seen 
> so far map the framebuffer when you mmap() offsets between 0 and 
> aperture_size.
> As far as I can tell XFree's SBus code uses /dev/fb to talk to the 
> hardware.

I think current our cgsix.c provides mmap() function via /dev/fb.
(which is SunOS compatible?)
It's also provide to mmap register spaces, and an offset
for fb memory is not zero. I guess that was the reason why
OpenBSD guys introduced WSDISPLAYIO_MODE_DUMBFB for mmap op.

> Agreed again, but it would be a bit more complicated - some PCI 
> framebuffers use more than one BAR for registers, then there's this 
> nonsense with hard-wired VGA registers and so on, some need access to 
> PCI IO space which is different on x86 and almost everything else - for 
> kernel code that's not a problem thanks to bus_space_* but userland 
> code can't use it.

Maybe we should have some generic APIs to access PCI space,
but it may be another future project :-)
Izumi Tsutsui